The Magic Analyst is by no means the only good database of Magic cards. Wizards of the Coast produced a nice commercial database back in 1999 that includes the card images, and several third party developers have produced well-respected alternatives.

Freeware Databases:

Shareware Databases:
Commercial Databases:
Online Databases:
  • The Mox Diamond, a popular site with lots of Magic stuff in addition to a friendly online database.
  • MTG News, another popular Magic site with an elaborate online card search engine ("spoiler generator").
  •, featuring a Magic database in addition to stuff about all the most popular CCGs.
  •, a Magic trading site with both an online database and a card trading forum.
  •, a nice site with a nice card search for those of you who happen to speak Russian.
Software for Online Play:
  • Magic: The Gathering Online, launched by Wizards of the Coast, 2001. Includes cards from Invasion on.
  • The Magic Apprentice, the classic by Dragonstar Studios that launched the era of online Magic play.
  • MTG Play, a program developed by Fuerte to enable free online Magic play.
Other Magic Software:
  • Magic: The Gathering, published by MicroProse, 1996, under license. This is a strategy/conquest game, in which you use spells taken from the Magic universe.
  • Magic: The Gathering - BattleMage, published by Acclaim, 2000, under license. This is something of a real-time strategy game based loosely on the Magic spells.
  • Neverwinter Nights - Demon: This user-created module for Bioware's fabulously-popular Neverwinter Nights includes a "Card Emporium" in which you can buy cards, construct decks, and play a game remarkably similar to Magic... except that you really summon the creatures and they really fight!
Other Good Magic Resources:
  • The Crystal Keep, home of Stephen D'Angelo's Magic rulings, as well as other Magic info.
  • MTG Fanatic, a fast-growing site with decks, card search, articles, and a unique player directory.
  • MTG City, a popular site with decks, news, articles, forums, and singles for sale.
  • MTG Paradise, another popular site with articles, decks, tournament info, and forums.
  •, a strategy website with several new decks, articles, and resources each day.
  •, a well-known CCG site with articles, decks, and forums.
  • Magic Deck Vortex, a relatively new site that's all about deck construction.
  • Magic Can, a nice site from our Canadian friends with articles, reports, and other resources.

If you encounter a desktop database that you think is better than the Magic Analyst in one or more ways, we would love to take a look at it. Just send us an email with a link to the new database and an explanation of what you like better about it. Obviously, the Magic Analyst can't be all things to all people, but your feedback does influence our development decisions!

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